Crew midfielder Wil Trapp and the United States will begin play in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey on Friday against Spain (1:45 p.m. ET / ESPN2). The 20-year-old Gahanna native is coming off an impressive performance in the CONCACAF U-20 Championships back in March that saw him earn Best XI honors for the tournament. Trapp is likely to be an integral part of Head Coach Tab Ramos' plans in Turkey as the U.S. takes on Spain, France and Ghana in group play.
Without starters Jairo Arrieta (international duty), Eddie Gaven (torn ACL) and Gláuber (torn ACL), the Crew was able to put in a commanding performance in its 2-0 home victory against the first-place Montreal Impact in Week 16 of the 2013 MLS Season. Despite the win, the Black & Gold saw little movement in this week's Power Rankings across four national media outlets.
MLSSoccer.com: 13th (15th)
ESPNFC: 14th (14th)
Sports Illustrated: Not available as of Wednesday morning (13th)
ProSoccerTalk: 13th (13th)
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
For the third time in 2013, the Crew faces the Fire on Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio) in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup. Looking ahead to the weekend, let's revisit the rivals' previous two meeting this season at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Andy Gruenebaum made a season-high six saves to help keep the Black & Gold in the match, but an 83rd-minute Jeff Larentowicz tally was the deciding factor in the Crew's defeat to the Fire back in April. The Black & Gold were unable to muster a single shot on frame in the loss.
The Crew fought through losing defensive anchor Gláuber in the sixth minute to a torn left ACL to find the opening goal of the match via the head of midfielder Konrad Warzycha in the 22nd minute. Though the Black & Gold maintained most of the possession and dictated the tempo in the first half, the Fire was able to equalize six minutes later and eventually found the winner in the 79th minute on a goal scored by Patrick Nyarko to knock the Crew out of Open Cup play.
Below are the top vote getters so far in All-Star voting. The guys need your help! Get your text fingers ready and #VoteCrew.
You can vote online at MLSSoccer.com or by texting each player's last name to 22442. Voting is open until July 2nd with the 10 players receiving the highest number of votes to be named to the All-Star Fan XI.
The tally for voting up to this point is below, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
1. Luis Robles (NY)
2. Jimmy Nielsen (SKC)
3. Raul Fernandez (DAL)
4. Troy Perkins (MTL)
5. Nick Rimando (RSL)
1. Matt Besler (SKC)
2. Omar Gonzalez (LA)
3. Aurelien Collin (SKC)
4. Matteo Ferrari (MTL)
5. Jamison Olave (NY)
6. DeAndre Yedlin (SEA)
7. Michael Harrington (POR)
1. Graham Zusi (SKC)
2. Mike Magee (CHI)
3. Kyle Beckerman (RSL)
4. Will Johnson (POR)
5. Tim Cahill (NY)
6. Patrice Bernier (MTL)
7. Justin Mapp (MTL)
1. Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
2. Thierry Henry (NY)
3. Robbie Keane (LA)
4. Landon Donovan (LA)
5. Marco DiVaio (MTL)
6. Jack McInerney (PHI)
7. Eddie Johnson (SEA)
Making his third appearance for the LA Blues of USL PRO, on-loan Crew Homegrown forward Aaron Horton played 79 minutes in a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy Reserves on Saturday. The Lewis Center native saw multiple chances in front of net in the draw before being subbed-off in the second half for Chris Cortez, who netted the equalizer for the Blues in the 90th minute.
The Blues return to action on Sunday, June 23 against Dayton Dutch Lions FC at Titan Stadium on the Campus of Cal State Fullerton.
— Ben Speas (@BenSpeas17) June 16, 2013
Happy for the mates, big props to fans. Well done. Work in the morning.
— Eric Gehrig (@eGehrig16) June 16, 2013
What a game. Atmosphere was amazing. Thanks to all the fans who came out #crew96
— Konrad Warzycha (@k_warzycha) June 16, 2013
No matter where you may be in the world, chances are you'll be able to watch the Crew's match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The game will be available in over 100 countries worldwide. For local listings, check the list below.
Al Jazeera (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)
Arena Sport (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)
Astro Supersport (Malaysia, Brunei)
Benfica TV (Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique)
Canal + (France)
C More (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)
GSP TV (Romania)
Nex- Media (Indonesia)
Prisa TV (Spain)
Rightster (Clips WorldWide)
Setanta Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)
Sport Klub (Hungary)
Šport TV (Slovenia)
Sportdigital.tv (Germany, Austria)
TEN Sports (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)